Cedarville University to Host Urban Missions Conference

by Public Relations Office

Cedarville, Ohio—Cedarville University will host the 2004 Urban Missions Conference "Out of the Pews and Into the Streets" March 18-20. This annual event, sponsored by Urban Light Ministries in Springfield, Ohio, is designed to inform and equip anyone who has a burden for the city. Keynote speakers will include Rev. Eli Williams, Rev. Dr. Floyd Flake, and Rev. Stan A. Archie. Williams, a Springfield resident since 1985, founded Urban Light Ministries with his wife, Judy, in 1995. He is currently the president and CEO of this nondenominational and cross-cultural organization — an organization which partners with churches and volunteers to provide children`s Bible clubs, food, medical services, computer classes, English tutoring, and much more in Springfield. Williams also hosts the weekly Urban Light radio broadcast on the CDR Radio Network (90.3 FM) and serves as the associate pastor of Greater Grace Temple in Springfield. In 2002, Urban Light acquired local station 1600 WULM AM to provide services such as local news and sports to the Springfield area. Flake is the senior pastor of the Greater Allen A.M.E. Cathedral of New York in Jamaica, Queens. The church consists of more than 17,000 members. During Flake`s 28-year pastorate, Allen has become one of the nation`s foremost Christian churches and development corporations. Its operations are a national paradigm of church-centered, faith based, public/private, community, educational, and economic development. A former U.S. Congressman, Flake also serves as the president of Wilberforce University. Archie is the senior pastor of Christian Fellowship Baptist Church (CFBC) in Kansas City, Mo., and is president of the CFBC Community Development Center. The center, which opened in 1989, is a dynamic and growing multicultural, multi-class, city church which focuses on the development and revitalization of the urban core using biblically based principles. Archie also serves as the chairman and CEO of Christian Fellowship Ministries and is adjunct professor of urban ministries at Calvary Bible College in Kansas City. Along with the keynote speakers, there will be numerous workshops offered throughout the weekend, including topics such as "Adopt-a-Block," "Ministry Among Hispanic Communities," "Embracing High-Risk Youth Ministry," "Prison Ministry," and "Mobilizing Your Church for Urban Missions." A $40 registration fee covers all workshops and breakfast and lunch on Friday and Saturday. A special student rate of $10 is also available (includes workshops only). Registrations are due by March 10, 2004. For additional conference information, including online registration and payment, area lodging information, directions to campus, and updated workshop and speaker information, call 1-877-CEDARVILLE or visit www.cedarville.edu/urbanlight. -30-